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National Gallery of Canada

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Address: 380 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9N4 , Canada
Phone Number: 613-990-1985
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Dating back to 1880, this visual arts museum holds in trust a collection...
Dating back to 1880, this visual arts museum holds in trust a collection of European and Canadian paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and photos.
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Interesting but somewhat disappointed

Had one day to spend in Ottawa and opted to visit the Art Gallery. The staff were very friendly and was directed to the Native Art exhibit by a staff member who pointed out that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Niagara Falls, Canada
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Niagara Falls, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Had one day to spend in Ottawa and opted to visit the Art Gallery. The staff were very friendly and was directed to the Native Art exhibit by a staff member who pointed out that it's tucked away below the main level and is often missed. This really made me think how ironic it is that the Native exhibit is... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Massive building with too much wasted space. The absolute highlight was the Rideau Chapel with the 40 speakers blaring Thomas Tallis. I wanted so badly to like this gallery but found it overwhelmingly cavernous.

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Ottawa, Ontario
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I love art. I draw, I paint...I enjoy many different styles. However, to witness things that constitute "art" - and is paid for largely by taxpayers - that are in no way art, is disturbing. For example, at the Gallery, there is literally a large white-walled room with a normal-sized metal comb attached to one of the walls; and, I... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We really don't know how to feel about the NGC: as much as we were amazed by the architecture of the building, its huge halls and fenestration, we were left disappointed by most of the permanent collection. Although some little treasures can be found, specially in the modern section, the contemporary collection is a big let down, to the point... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This is a favourite with our family, and out-of-town relatives always want to go. We love the old masters, and new artists. We have a couple of artists and a film maker in the family and they are entranced, as am I

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The gallery collection is excellent and in particular the Mary Pratt show. She is a talented and exceptional artist. This is a " must see " at the gallery.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

It is our local art gallery. We come here usually twice a year. Other than the art works we appreciate, we like its food court for causal relaxed setting, the library for fantastic view, and the gift shop for unique present

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Florence, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

The intimate exhibit of Mary Pratt details her focus, development and genius . Her contribution to Canadian art , and late 20th century feminism, radiates through the intensity and clarity of her painting. The explanations and additional materials inform and inspire the observer. The major exhibition at the Gallery this summer is a multi-faceted and exciting exploration of another Maritime... More 

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Ottawa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

If you enjoy art this is a great place to visit in Ottawa. The building is wonderful with tranquil interior courtyard gardens and fantastic views of the Parliament buildings. There is a good collection of Group of Seven art as well as European and modern works. The building and setting are themselves works of art!

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Permanent collection is very instructive and the travelling shows are always enjoyable. Plus a fabulous building and views for miles!

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